I just finished “Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?” by Ajahn Brahm, a Buddhist monk living in Australia. It’s a collection of 108 short (1-3 page) stories designed to subtly expose the reader to some of the principles of Buddhism but it doesn’t require the reader to be a Buddhist since most of the tales talk about how to deal with things like guild, love, grief, fear, and happiness. In almost all cases, the lessons are just good common sense and don’t push a particular belief system.
*This is the first time, to my memory, that I’ve ever used the word ‘charming’ to describe something. I promise you, dear reader, I will do my best to make sure it is also the last.